Request for Proposal Process
During the Housing and Community Development Annual Action Plan hearing, department staff provide the following information about Spokane County’s Community Development Programs:
- The anticipated amount of funds available
- The range of eligible activities
- Examples of previously funded activities
- Program performance
Workshops are conducted to assist applicants who may apply to Spokane County for Community Development Block Grant funds and Homeless Housing Assistance Act (2163). At the workshops, funding policies, application forms and the proposal review process are discussed. Department staff will also meet with applicants individually upon request, to discuss proposal development and provide assistance.
Applicant workshop topics include:
- Federal and County program objectives
- Eligible and ineligible activities
- Eligible and ineligible applicants
- Completing proposal forms
- Proposal evaluation criteria for each project category
- Project selection process
Each workshop participant receives a copy of the annual Request for Proposals, Proposal Forms and Instructions, and the County’s CDBG, HHAA, and Affordable Housing Program Funding Policies.
All organizations which have previously submitted a proposal to Spokane County for funding or whose names are included in the department’s mailing list are notified of the workshops. A notice of the workshops is published in a local newspaper the week prior to the date of the first scheduled workshop.
Applicants who apply for funds during the Request for Proposal Process may request a meeting with department staff, to discuss their proposal. Meetings of this nature will not be scheduled between the deadline for receiving proposals and the HCDAC’s publication of preliminary program year funding recommendation.
Technical assistance is also provided to subrecipients (organizations which receive CDBG, HHAA, and Affordable Housing Program funding throughout the program year by department staff.
Subrecipient workshops are conducted after the award of funds to provide information to subrecipients regarding performance standards, reporting requirements, benefit documentation, financial management standards, methods to comply with labor, environmental, procurement, affirmative action, and other standards related to implementation of CDBG, HHAA, and Affordable Housing Program funded activities.